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A tearful judge and a fraudster defendant
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Jo

A tearful judge and a fraudster defendant 4 Months ago  
"When I hear about cases like this I always wonder how defence barristers morally manage defending such vile people. I could not do it"
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"Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton said: “The victims in this case should be commended for their bravery in coming forward and supporting the investigation. They have shown great strength in giving evidence which has resulted in the conviction and lengthy sentence that has been passed today. I hope that their determination serves as inspiration for others."

I wonder if the fraud accompanied more serious crime or taught a lesson that was stored up for future reference.
 
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John Marsh

Re:A tearful judge and a fraudster defendant 4 Months ago  
From the Mirror
During the trial David Potter, defending Miszczak, and Bridget Bailey, defending Jones, suggested the girls were “fantasists” and had made up all the accusations.

One victim was accused of taking some of the allegations from the book ‘A Child Called It’, an account of child abuse by an American author which one of the victims was “obsessed with” as a child.


Interested to know if the prosecution provided any evidence other than the word of the complainants; who may or may not be telling the truth. And how did the jury know the complainants were not fantanists. A "fair trial" should have all this explained. In most of life now, many institutions and professionals are expected to explain how they come to their conclusions.

Maybe the defence lacked in this case. Who knows. But the UK is a very dangerous place to live from what I see. Only need to walk past a person and then be accused and then end up at a trial.
 
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Randall

Re:A tearful judge and a fraudster defendant 4 Months ago  
Excellent post, John Marsh, and I agree with every word.
 
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